An all-star cast — including Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Adam Driver and many more — headlines this adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Tropper, about a death in the family that brings together an expansive, far-flung clan for a weekend of mourning, bonding and healing.
Whip-smart and irreverent, heartfelt and
hilarious, This is Where I Leave You puts
the fun back into funeral. Based on the novel
by Jonathan Tropper — who also wrote the
film's beautifully structured script — this
ensemble comedy gathers together some of
the best comic actors in the business to tell a
lively story of mourning and mid-life crises.
It's never easy to get all four of the combative
Altman siblings together at once, but
the death of their father means they'll all
be sitting shiva under the same roof for an
entire week. Judd (Jason Bateman) is still
reeling from having just caught his wife
in bed with his former boss, the Howard
Stern-like host of a mean-spirited radio
show; Wendy (Tina Fey) is a responsible but
frustrated mother married to an offensively
aloof businessman; Phillip (Adam Driver)
is a serial womanizer; Paul (Corey Stoll) is
the humourless, "mature" sibling who automatically
commandeers all family business.
The level of collective neuroses is
high, and probably won't be alleviated by
celebrity shrink Hilary (Jane Fonda), the
Altmans' oversexed, over-sharing, freshly
widowed matriarch. Nor does it seem
likely that this not-especially-devout family
will find spiritual guidance in their
young rabbi (Ben Schwartz), who brings a
"modern" edge to ancient Judaic traditions.
Confronting unresolved emotional issues
from their past as visitors come knocking
with condolences, the Altmans will be
forced to sort their respective baskets of
dirty laundry together — and ultimately
reconnect in unexpected ways.
Director Shawn Levy (Date Night)
brings out the best in his cast — which
also includes the comedic talents Kathryn
Hahn, Rose Byrne, and Timothy Olyphant.
Consider yourself invited to this not-so-sombre